Viola Johnson’s Southwest Leather Conference 2016 Keynote Speech

Note: The following transcript was created using the notes that Viola Johnson graciously provided to  Unfortunately no video of  the speech exists.  While these notes do not represent a full transcript of the speech, they do capture the vast majority of her remarks.  While slights edits were made for clarity, this transcript attempts to [...]

By | February 22nd, 2016|Events, Events US, History, News, Opinion, People|0 Comments

Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers│ From the LA&M Archives

Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers│ June 2015 By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian   Five Things To Know About Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy:        Mistress Joanne at International Mr. Leather ca. 1994. Mistress Joanne C. Gaddy Papers, Leather Archives & Museum. 1. She loves the color purple. Purple clothes, purple pens, purple leather. When [...]

By | June 19th, 2015|Community, History, News|0 Comments

Flashback to SF in the 70’s

Ran across this great article on Slate about what it was like to be a gay man in 1970s San Francisco. Street Fashion Jock is soooo my new look! Check it out after the jump.

By | March 24th, 2015|Art, History|0 Comments

From The LA&M Archives: This Month In Review

This Month in Review│ November 2014 By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian   It's been a while since I've written about an average* month at the Leather Archives & Museum. Sometimes I feel a certain kind of writer's block around the specifics of what I do here (I think there are moments where I get [...]

By | November 28th, 2014|Entertainment, History, News, People|0 Comments

In the Beginning: Second City MC and the Rise of Leather in Chicago

The leather community of the Upper Midwest has a long and colorful history, with nearly fifty years of club life expressed in an array of events from runs to fundraising and led by a diverse group of men and women across the years. But the beginning of the life pattern many people in the region [...]

By | October 3rd, 2014|History|3 Comments

Old Gods Die Hard

speech by Guy Baldwin,  September 20, 2014, Tacoma  WA As some of you may already know, I’ve been invited here to Tacoma to offer some comments on the single most troublesome, misunderstood, divisive, and distracting issue to bedevil our leather world, and for succeeding generations: of course, I refer to The Old Guard. This is [...]

By | September 27th, 2014|History, Opinion|32 Comments

From the LA&M Archives: Black Leather in Color

  Black Leather In Color│    August 2014 By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian    Foundations It was April 25th, 1993, Washington D.C. It was the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. The leather contingent was large at the third March of its kind, and people of color were well [...]

By | August 29th, 2014|Community, Education, History, News|5 Comments

LA&M Tumblr – The Rules of SM

Check out The Rules of SM by Joseph W. Bean on the Leather Archives & Museum Tumblr feed. More info in the LA&M on their website.

By | July 30th, 2014|Community, History|0 Comments

From The LA&M Archives-Daddy William & the Bootblack Chair

Daddy William & the Bootblack Chair │July 2014 By Jakob VanLammeren, LA&M Archivist/Collections Librarian As the Archivist/Collections Librarian at the LA&M, I feel impacted by almost every donation that comes through our doors, particularly if it’s an archival collection. I often spend weeks, or sometimes months, getting to know these collections intimately, noting the nuances, [...]

By | July 2nd, 2014|Entertainment, History, News|1 Comment

Tom of Finland Foundation Highlighted in MOCA U Film

Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, is a famed erotic artist and queer icon whose legacy spans multiple generations. Tom of Finland Foundation continues to embody and celebrate his contributions to both erotic art and the queer community, and a poignant short film is now providing visibility to the Foundation itself and Durk [...]

By | April 9th, 2014|Art, Community, Film, History, Interviews|0 Comments

50 Years a Leatherman: Peter Fiske

How did I get to be a village elder? I don’t know, but I care about those coming into Leather now and about our future. I will continue to work (and play!) as long as I can to keep BDSM healthy, safe and fun, and to keep us free to be ourselves. My motto is [...]

By | April 9th, 2014|Clubs, Community, Current Affairs, History|2 Comments

From the LA&M Archives-Leatherati Welcomes a New Series

Editor's Note: My love of history knows no bounds. As I walk my own unique path, I welcome the opportunities to take even the tiniest of glimpses at others journeys whether they are of the past or are presently paving the way. Earlier when I was just a hatchling in the Leather Community, a fellow [...]

By | April 4th, 2014|Education, History, News|1 Comment